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Ballarat Betty takes home ABC Best Bus for May

The May winner of ABC Best Bus comes courtesy of a unique Ballarat Coachlines bus captured out the front of Lake Boga’s silo art in Victoria

Recent winners of ABC’s Best Bus, sponsored by VDI Australia, have stood out as unique vehicles captured by bus and coach lovers around Australasia.

The May winner of Best Bus comes courtesy of James Woods after he submitted a stunning photo of a special Ballarat Coachlines coach, nicknamed Betty, at Victoria’s Lake Boga.

In a jam-packed month of entries for Best Bus, there were plenty of finalists that stood out in the crowd. Lindsay from Southern Cross Coaches sent through a wonderful photo of a vehicle artistically shot around landmarks, while Frank Oliveri submitted two great shots of Southern Cross Transit vehicles.

James Woods had a second eye-catching submission of a Ballarat Coachlines coach out the front of the famous MCG, while drivers from Quince’s Coaches showed us some of their best photos.

But none of these finalists could surpass Woods and his winning photo of Betty at Lake Boga. Woods says the special photo was taken while Betty was on a recent silo art tour throughout Victoria’s Wimmera region.

“Betty is a 2017 Volvo/Coach Concepts signature series coach with a steerable tag and is a very unique coach that carries 46 passengers while being equipped with a kitchenette, fridge, microwave and sunroof,” Woods told ABC.

“There’s a toilet equipped too, making it very cool to drive. On this trip, we stayed overnight in Swan Hill before then visiting the magnificent Lake Boga silo art while we were up that way.”

For his win, Woods received a free 12-month subscription to ABC Magazine, while the winning photo is live as ABC’s Facebook page cover photo for all of May.

If you want to be like Woods and have your best photo shown off courtesy of Best Bus, brought to you by VDI Australia, then don’t forget to send through your photos for June and the rest of 2024 via our website or by keeping an eye on our Facebook page for more details.

Image: James Woods
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